Highlights of METRO’s 2008 Annual Meeting
On October 28th, METRO members braved inclement weather to join with their colleagues at METRO’s 2008 annual meeting, held at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The day began with pre-meeting tours of the Schomburg, a renowned national research library devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
The official business of the annual meeting began with welcoming remarks by METRO Board of Trustee President Heike Kordish and Howard Dodson, Director of the Schomberg Center. These remarks were followed by a recognition of New York State Assembly Member Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr., in honor of his longstanding leadership in support of strong libraries.
METRO’s Executive Director, Dottie Hiebing, presented a report on METRO’s 2008 activities, including the disbursement of 156 grants totaling more than a half million dollars, the launch of myMETRO (our individual membership program), and an overview of a strategic planning process now in its final phase.
The business meeting included a financial report by METRO Board of Trustees Treasurer Hal Higginbotham, who explained that during this year’s audit of METRO’s finances, METRO received the highest praise ever from our auditors—with no management letter and no adjustments to the financial records. The business meeting also included the election of Dr. LaRuth Gray as a new member of the METRO Board of Trustees.
Next on the agenda was a compelling keynote address by David W. Lewis, Dean of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library. Dr. Lewis is a nationally recognized authority on library and research issues. His talk on “The Changing Role of Libraries in the Age of Google” offered a fascinating roadmap for libraries seeking to negotiate the effects of the information revolution on research organizations. The keynote presentation is available for download on METRO’s website.
Following Dr. Lewis’s thought-provoking remarks, the meeting formally adjourned. At the wine and cheese reception that followed, METRO members and other attendees socialized, networked, and enjoyed the Schomburg’s rich historical surroundings.